Monday, September 6, 2010
What Conservatives Need to Do
Rational Nation USA
All indications are the American electorate is becoming increasingly dissatisfied with the direction of the "Hope and Change" agenda of the current occupant of the White House as well as the progressive leadership of the Congress and Senate.
Independent's are in increasing numbers leaning towards the Republican party over the Democrat party. As the economy continues to stagnate and the hailed economic stimulus package of 2009 has proven to be essentially a fizzle, more people are beginning to realize that Obama's "Hope and Change" really constitutes more of the same with respect to the economic health of the nation. The only real difference lies in the rapidity that Obama and the Democrats will bankrupt America.
Democrats and Republicans have for the most part decided to NOT cooperate in the best interest of the people and arrive at bipartisan solutions to the national debt, annual budget deficits, and reigning in and eliminating special interests controlling the political landscape. This has proven to be to the detriment of the Democrat party.
Sound like statements a rational liberal would make? Sure does. It also sound like a statement an independent conservative would make. Independent conservatives ought be looking at the Constitution and the principals on which it was established and begin to build a new understanding of what conservatism should be. To do so will require thinking outside the Republican (RINO) box.
It will require the Republican party move away from slogans and feel good patriotic reference's and build a rational and cohesive platform for meaningful change. A change in direction towards real fiscal responsibility, less intervention into foreign countries affairs, sound trade policies, limiting the federal governments reach into the lives of the individual and the States that make up the Union. There is much more. Those stated represent what I consider to be good starting points.
Conservatives have an opportunity in November. If they gain the majority in Congress it will then be time for them to govern. Conservatives will be successful only if they define a platform (philosophy)that the American people fully understand and see value in. Then they must stick to it. And remember... "It's the economy stupid", or something like that.
It is time to set this nation's feet once again on the road to fiscal sanity and in so doing begin to build the strength of the middle class once again. Capitalism has been the only system of economics that has successfully accomplished such a society. It is time we turned back to capitalist and away from the crony capitalism supported by government subsidies and corporate welfare programs and moved away from the notion of "to big to fail."
CNN has a poll out that highlights the opportunity for conservatives and Republicans. A few excerpts.
According to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Monday, the GOP leads the Democrats by 7 points on the "generic ballot" question, 52 percent to 45 percent. That 7-point advantage is up from a 3-point margin last month.
"The survey indicates that independents and voters who dislike both parties are starting to break toward the GOP," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "In a year when anger at incumbents is a dominant political force, the key to the election lies among those who aren't rooting for either side."
Back in April, Americans who dislike both parties appeared to mildly favor the GOP on the generic ballot, by a 43-to-39 percent margin, with a large number saying at the time that they would pick a minor-party candidate or stay at home.
"Now, a lot of those voters appear to be bolting to the GOP," Holland said. "Republicans now have a whopping 38-point advantage on the generic ballot among voters who dislike both parties."
Republicans also have a large and growing advantage among independents. Sixty-two percent of independents questioned say they would vote for the generic Republican in their district, with three in 10 saying they'd cast a ballot for the generic Democrat. That 32-point margin for the Republicans among independents is up from an 8-point advantage last month.
So, what will it be? Republicans, if they take up the cause of real conservatism and conservative principals that are the pillars of our Republic they will succeed. If they fail to do so the cycle of the past will only continue. Our nation does not have time for this.
Cross posted to Left Coast Rebel